Magazine article Screen International

Telefilm Canada in C$20m Indigenous Film Pledge

Magazine article Screen International

Telefilm Canada in C$20m Indigenous Film Pledge

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Canada's national support body for the audiovisual industry has taken steps to address inequality in front of and behind the camera after its November declaration on gender parity.

Under new measures announced on Tuesday, Telefilm Canada has pledged to boost its annual commitment from April to C$4m (roughly $3.1m USD at time of writing) over the next five years in support of feature production and marketing financing for indigenous talent.

In addition to that pledge, the body will create a jury process with indigenous representation for project recommendations and said it had committed itself to hiring stafffrom indigenous communities.

"It is clear that we need to do more to support the impressive breadth of Indigenous talent in our country," Telefilm Canada executive director Carolle Brabant said. …

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